IPL 2017 fixtures announced

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SRH and RCB to kick off IPL 2017.

The opening match will be a repeat of last year’s final with SunRisers Hyderabad [SRH] and Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] facing off against each other on April 5.

SunRisers will play hosts at their Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The SunRisers defeated RCB in last year’s final by eight runs in Bengaluru.

The final of the tournament will be held on May 21, with the venue again being Hyderabad.

Qualifier 1 will be played on May 16, the Eliminator on May 17 and Qualifier 2 on May 19. The venues for the qualifiers and eliminator are yet to be announced

The auction for this season will be held on February 20 with a total of 351 players up for grabs. Big names in the auction include Ben Stokes, Kagiso Rabada, Eoin Morgan, Mitchell Johnson and Ishant Sharma.

The entire fixture list can be found here.

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Stokes, Johnson among highest base prices at IPL auction

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Stokes is expected to be the most sought after player at the IPL auction.

As many as 799 cricketers have submitted their names for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

Ultimately, the list will be cut significantly after the eight franchises submit their preferences by the end of this weekend.

The players in the top bracket – at a base price of ₹2 crore [Dh1.09m] – include India’s Ishant Sharma, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews, England’s Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes, and Australia’s Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins.

Stokes is expected by many to fetch a fortune at the auction as world-class all-rounders of his caliber are rare. While Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are rumoured to be interested in him, don’t be surprised if Kolkata Knight Riders are ready to go the extra mile to land Stokes’ services after the suspension of Andre Russell to a doping-related violation.

There is likely to be some interest for Morgan and Johnson as well, going by their recent form in England’s tour to India and the Big Bash League (BBL) respectively.

Jonny Bairstow, Trent Boult, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Kyle Abbott and Jason Holder have listed themselves at a base price of ₹1.5 crore [Dh810,000].

Other England players at the auction include Alex Hales and Jason Roy with a base price of ₹1 crore [Dh550,000], and Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills at a base price of ₹50 lakh [Dh270,000].

Indian all-rounder Pawan Negi, who was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for ₹8.5 crore [Dh4.63m] last year, has listed himself at a base price of ₹30 lakh [Dh160,000].

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IPL 2017 Auction: How much can each team spend?

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Richard Madley has been the IPL auctioneer over the years.

It’s that time of the year again when a number of cricketers from across the globe go under the hammer at the Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auction.

The IPL, on Friday, announced that the auction will be held on February 20 in Bengaluru.

There are many international stars who will go into the auction pool, with the likes of Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Johnson set to land big deals.

Kings XI Punjab, who finished at the bottom of the league over the last two seasons, have the most money available with a purse of ₹23.35 cr [AED 12.7m].

Here, we look at how much money each franchise can spend in the upcoming auction.

Team Money Available
Delhi Daredevils ₹23.1 cr [AED 12.5m]
Gujarat Lions ₹14.35 cr [AED 7.4m]
Kings XI Punjab ₹23.35 cr [AED 12.7m]
Kolkata Knight Riders ₹19.75 cr [AED 10.8m]
Mumbai Indians ₹11.555 cr [AED 6.3m]
Rising Pune Supergiants ₹17.5 cr [AED 9.6m]
Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹12.825 cr [AED 7m]
Sunrisers Hyderabad ₹20.9 cr [AED11.4m]

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